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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Witthuhn, Verlyn

Date: March 23, 2006

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211502

Biographical sketch: Verlyn Witthuhn was drafted in August 1942 just two weeks after his twenty-first birthday. He was inducted into the Army at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, assigned to the 402nd Coast Artillery, and sent to Fort Bliss, Texas for basic training. He was assigned to battalion headquarters as the company clerk. The battalion was sent to Portsmouth, Virginia as part of the Eastern Defense Command to guard the shipyards in Norfolk, Virginia. Witthuhn was sent to the college in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for two months of training and returned to Portsmouth. The battalion was transferred to field artillery and sent to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He volunteered for a new cadre and was sent to Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. He describes the difficulties of combining new recruits with combat veterans who had been rotated back to the States. The new battalion was shipped to Camp Stoneman, California for overseas processing and to San Diego, California for embarkation to the Philippines in July 1945. When the war ended with Japan's surrender, Witthuhn lacked sufficient points to be discharged immediately. He was returned to the States in February 1946 and discharged from the Army at Denver, Colorado.

Summary: Corporal/Specialist Witthuhn was drafted into the Army (Artillery) in 1942 and served until 1946 in the Battery C, 402nd Coast Artillery. Interviewed by Valerie Kepple on Mar 23, 2006, Witthuhn talked about military experiences in the Second World War. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the nine community institutions that received these grants. The transcript from the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Frank Stull American Legion #152 (Ness City) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

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